Tuesday 1st December 2020

World AIDS Day is a chance for us as a community to remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS, to celebrate their lives and to bring awareness to the wider community.

World AIDS Day began in 1988, to highlight and educate people about the pandemic HIV/AIDS.

Up until 2017, 28.7million people have been lost to the disease however with better understanding and better treatment this figure is on the decline.

With Covid-19 restrictions over the last few months it has also been noted that HIV/AIDS diagnosis is now at it’s lowest point.

Pride in Gloucestershire in partnership with the Right Worshipful Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Kate Haigh, have decided to work towards a permanent memorial to those we have lost within our own local community in the form of our own Tree of Life.

The Tree of Life will be planted within Gloucester Park in the Spring of 2021. The park being the focal point of our county’s Pride celebrations. A plaque will accompany the tree explaining to the wider community the meaning behind the Tree of Life.

Pride in Gloucestershire and the Mayor of Gloucester would encourage the Tree of Life to become the County’s focal point on World AIDS Day, and throughout the year, people will be encouraged to tie a red ribbon to the branches of the tree to remember friends and family lost to the disease.

Today, we announce the first steps of the Tree of Life as the Chair of Pride in Gloucestershire and the Mayor write to the Leader of the City Council, Cllr Richard Cook to start the process off.

Let us remember those we have lost, help those who are fighting and educate those in our future.